Donnie Simpson will be gracing the airwaves with his voice, once again, according to the Washington Post. A public fixture on Washington’s radio for many of years, Simpson has decided to come out of retirement. He will be under an agreement with Silver Spring, Md. At Radio One.
Simpson, 61, is set to host a weekday program from 3 to 7pm on Radio One, which is owned by WMMJ-FM (Majic 102.3). The show is set to begin Aug. 17, according to all those who know about the agreement. WMMJ has been airing an airing an urban adult-contemporary music format.
Also, Simpson has been in discussion with Radio One’s cable TV channel, TV One, to host a program that will be music-themed, however, the details and starting date still up in the air. Simpson has yet to comment on any of the details.
Simpson was always an icon in the “urban,” or #African American-oriented radio. He was stationary for 33 years in Washington. The genial host was heard successively on WRC-FM (now WKYS-FM) and WPGC-FM starting in 1977. Simpson’s long haul with Washington radio came to an end with he had a falling out with WPGC’s owner, CBS Radio.
Simpson hasn’t been heard regularly on the radio since leaving the “Donnie Simpson Morning Show.” Simpson became nationally known through hosting the “Video Soul” program on BET from 1983 to 1996. The program featured music videos by African American artists. TV One, which began in 2003, is a smaller rival of BET. The new show is expected to sound similar to his WPGC program, with conversation, music and guest interviews.
For the most part Simpson will forego the show solo, but everyone can expect radio sidekick, Huggy Lowdown to join him from time to time. Another former sidekick, will also join in from time to time, Chris Paul, who is heard on rival station WTEM-AM and the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show” as well, according to the Washington Post.
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